TURKEY: The Generals Take Over Again

A rising tide of political violence spurs a reluctant coup

For months, Turkey's generals had warned squabbling politicians to stop feuding and start working together to help end the country's surging factional violence. But the bickering continued, and the death toll from leftist and rightist terrorism mounted from an average of six a day in January to 18 a day so far in September, and to the point where there was talk of imminent civil war. After one particularly bloody stretch, General Kenan Evren, Turkey's chief of staff, complained: "Everyone speaks of national unity, but unfortunately, everyone fails to bring it...

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